There was going to be an image at the top of this post, but my current internet won't allow for the uploading of images by an unknown entity (that would be me), so I thought I'd share my first impressions of Queens:
1) It's hot. And muggy. And . . . muggy. And did I mention hot? But actually, I don't mind. It kind of reminds me of Thailand, and my body knows how to handle the heat.
2) People are a lot more abrupt than Californians. It's not that they're not willing to help you - they are, sometimes, but only if you don't waste your time and it fits into their schedule. I've been treated to some amazing kindnesses, and also some unbelievable rudeness (like the bus driver who waited two minutes while I was counting my dollar bills to tell me that the buses only accept coins!).
3) Dunkin Donuts is everywhere! And open 24/7. And hopping. Busy. Crowded. Everyone needs their donut fix. I barely ever thought about donuts in San Francisco, now I feel like it's part of every second sentence in a conversation.
And, since I've been here a total of two days, and working most of that, I think I'll end there. I'll share more impressions with you all as I form them. And please, feel free to add your own impressions in the comments, or to tell me I'm absolutely wrong about something. Although I firmly stand by number 3.